The Terminatoris one of those films that no matter if you've seen it or not, you've heard of it! This is the movie that blasted new comer's Arnold Schwartzeneggerr's career, made James Cameron a name in Hollywood, and gave new meaning to a possible dark future that gave us nightmares. I remember the first time I saw this movie, I was just 5 years old and my dad of course walkedin saying to cover my eyes at every "bad" scene with violence or nudity.
This wasn't just an action or a sci-fi movie, though it is one of the best, it had a story. To think this was all based on just a quick nightmare that James Cameron had, he didn't have much money, but he had a good script, and a great crew on his side to make one of cinema's greatest movies of all time. The Terminatoris personally one of my favorite movies of all time, because this movie is really something special. Yeah, the effects are very 1980's, but for that time and even to nowadays in 2018, personally I think the special effects are much better than what we get in today's cinema. This movie has everynecessary element: action, romance, horror, sci-fi, and even some dark humor. The reason why Arnold's "I'll be back" is so famous is not just because of his accent, but alsoyou knew that something bad was coming. Kyle Reese's "Come with me if you want to live" is classic as well.
Now to analyzewhy the plot is so thoughtful. Well, for one thing, the concept of preventing or setting the future by going back in time was one which wasn't really explored in those days. By exploring it, the Terminatorwas offering something different, something which has inspired films such as Back to the Future(read the plot synopsis for that film, there are a few similarities). The notion of the final battle of a future war being fought in 'our present', not in the future, between one member of opposing sides, in this case a man and a machine, is also an intriguing one and sets the stage for an exciting battle.
Sarah Connor, a young woman in her 20's, is the protagonist of the film and our two from the future, Kyle Reese and the Terminator, revolve around her. Reese, who is a battle-hardened soldier who has led a hard life in the wasteland which is the future, must protect Sarah, while the Terminator, an unstoppable cyborg, must kill her, in order to kill her unborn son, the leader of the future resistance.
Michael Biehn delivers a remarkably intense performance as Kyle Reese, acting like a typical human would in his situation. He displays his range of emotions at the right times, from passionate to worried to unyielding.
Linda Hamilton again does well as Sarah Connor, displaying an innocent woman who shows over the course of the film why she is John Connor's mother, displaying previously unheralded steel inthe crisis. The support cast isn't too bad either. But again, the best performance in the film belongs to the bad guy, in this case, Arnold Schwarzenegger. He acts like a killing machine should; incredibly cold, sterile, soulless and unyielding. His facial expression never changes throughout the film and his physical appearance makes him slightly more imposing and intimidating than the Liquid Terminator. I will compliment all involved on making a movie which still manages to look good despite having a low budget.
In the end, The Terminatoris a masterful sci-fi movie which laid the groundwork for the equally brilliant Terminator 2. If you asked me whether I preferred The Terminatoror T2, I would say T2because I am more familiar with it, otherwise, these two would be on a level footing. If you haven't seen The Terminator, I highly recommend this movie, it's an incredible one that is sure to deliver entertainment to the fullest.